Sheffield United rising star, Oliver Arblaster, may face an extended period on the sidelines following a seemingly severe injury suffered during last night’s match for Port Vale. Arblaster, who has been a consistent presence for Vale throughout the season, started in the League Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough.
Unfortunately, the 19-year-old loanee from Sheffield United, Oliver Arblaster, had to leave the field after less than an hour of play, experiencing evident pain on the ground. It seemed that he sustained a significant blow to the knee, and his manager, Andy Crosby, expressed concern about the severity of the injury in post-game remarks.
“Ollie’s is a much bigger concern. It was a really deep gash around his knee and I think it’s gone right down to the bone, so he’s obviously in a lot of pain. He’s just gone to hospital now so obviously he’s our number one concern at this moment in time.”
Arblaster, considered one of the most promising young talents at Bramall Lane, had garnered praise from the previous coaching staff, with Stuart McCall acknowledging his standout performances in training. And the previous Blades chief, Paul Heckingbottom, thought of him highly having managed him for the development team.
It’s a bitter blow for Arblaster because he was having such a good season with Port Vale, featuring 26 times in all competitions, scoring twice and adding two assists to his name.